Go to the root of evil, Blair urges

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

– For­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Tony Blair will warn on Thurs­day that the threat from Is­lamist mil­i­tants is grow­ing and the cur­rent ap­proach for tack­ling the threat will fail un­less there is a global strat­egy to tackle the roots of ex­trem­ism.

Launch­ing a new “Global Ex­trem­ism Mon­i­tor” by his In­sti­tute for Global Change that tracks in­ci­dents of Is­lamist ex­trem­ism,

London

Blair will say that “se­cu­rity alone will never be enough” and gov­ern­ments need to fo­cus more on pre­ven­tion.

In a re­port, his in­sti­tute found there are 121 vi­o­lent Is­lamist groups op­er­at­ing glob­ally and they were re­spon­si­ble for more than 84 000 deaths in 2017, mainly in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, So­ma­lia and Nige­ria.

Blair, Labour prime min­is­ter from 1997 to 2007, said the world spends bil­lions of dol­lars each year on new se­cu­rity at air­ports and counter-ter­ror­ism, but only a frac­tion on mea­sures to tackle the un­der­ly­ing ide­ol­ogy.

He in­stead calls for higher spend­ing on ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment, in­vest­ing in war-torn states and sup­port­ing Mus­lim lead­ers work­ing to counter ex­trem­ism. – Reuters

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